• I decided to separate Writing from Creating because there are some great resources to help budding authors, poets, and journalists that deserve their own pages.

    Ms. Lane's Adventures in Writing

    One of the benefits of being a Cyclone is being able to collaborate with Ms. Lane, our talented Gifted Education Specialist. She's a resource in and of herself for writing, considering she's a published author and award-winning poetry slam participant. 

    Adventures in Writing is her webpage dedicated to writing including, but not limited to, writing contests and tricks of the trade. Click here to access her exceptional resources.

    PaNoWriMo: Ms. Lane has established a website called PaNoWriMo (Pandemic Novel Writing Month) to extend learning, provide opportunities for writers to flex their creative muscles, and establish a community of writers during these unique circumstances. Click here to go to the PaNoWriMo website. Email Mr. Graña (ggrana@chccs.k12.nc.us) or Ms. Lane (klane@chccs.k12.nc.us) for the password.  


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    Jason Reynolds wants you to Grab the Mic

    Jason Reynolds is one of the most popular authors in the library - and for good reason! His words motivate, inspire, and make us think. Check out his "Write. Right. Rite." prompts, updated regularly. 

    Click here to learn how to participate in this unique opportunity.  


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    National Novel Writing Month - NaNoWriMo

    Every November, Ms. Lane and I gather eager writers and engage them in National Novel Writing Month. But does that mean it end in November? Not a chance.

    Click here to visit the YA NaNoWriMo website

    Click here to access the NaNoWriMo YouTube Channel including tutorials, motivation, and prompts. 


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    NPR Training

    NPR's training site is intended to help you craft powerful podcasts, print journalism, and stories. 

    Click here to access their training site.


    Kelly Yang's Writing Class Online

    Join Kelly Yang on Instagram Live for free writing classes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3pm. 

    @kellyyanghk 


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    New York Times Learning Network - What's Happening in the Picture

    One of my absolute favorite things to do is post context-free images and have students speculate on what's going on. I get most of my images from the New York Times Learning Network. 

    Click here to access the full collection of images (updated regularly). 


    Dear Poets Project

    Check out this contest! Watch a video of a poet reading one of their poems and write a response. You might just hear back! Click here to learn how to participate.



    Deep Dive

    Click here to access a Google Doc with additional resources if you want to see additional resources to get the most out of your time. This is a living document, so I'll be adding resources as I come across them. [LINK FORTHCOMING]